An elderly lady said to St. Padre Pio: “Padre, today I’m sixty. Say something nice to me.” Padre Pio whispered to her: “Death is near.”
The Jesuit Father Croiset wrote a book called The Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a book which Jesus is said to have told St. Margaret Mary to tell Fr. Croiset to write. Excerpt from this devotion: "Consider that the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ was no sooner formed within the womb of the Blessed Virgin, than it was inflamed with an immense love for all men; but, as it is the property of love, to desire to be continually with those, for whom this love is felt, a life of thirty-three years appeared to Him too short, to satisfy His excessive desire of being continually with us. "
This seems to be the opposite: St. Pio is saying that the sooner the death, the better. Jesus is saying that his life on earth appear too short. Does anyone understand why? Could it be that Jesus is just at a higher level of love than St. Pio, that St. Pio’s thoughts are good but Jesus’ are better?